Area chain will take over Meadowbrook Sentry location

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Sendik's is coming to Waukesha.

The grocery chain announced Tuesday, Aug. 2, it will open a new store on the city's northwest side at the Meadowbrook Shopping Center, 701 Meadowbrook Road, at the site of what's currently a Sentry Foods. The 49,000 square-foot store, which will be one of five new Sendik's locations in the greater Milwaukee area, is projected to open in about a year.

According to a news release, Sendik’s will lease the property later this year and will close the Sentry store for a full renovation.

Sendik's will take possession of the property in December and is looking to have the store opened in the first half of next year, said Sendik's Communication Director Nick Bandoch.

Employees at Sentry will be welcome to apply for jobs at the new store, Bandoch said.

"We are constantly on the lookout for good people to join our team," he added.

Bandoch said Sendik's chose the Waukesha location in part as a response to requests from shoppers for a store there but also because the grocery chain has been looking for a location further west of Milwaukee.

"It's a high-traffic area," Bandoch said. "The location is a lot to be excited about. We're listening to the customers and where they want us to be next."

The impending creation of the West Waukesha Bypass was also a factor, Bandoch said.

Upon completion of the renovations, the new Sendik's will have a full complement of grocery offerings, the release said, including Sendik’s hand-stacked produce, a Fresh2GO deli, full-service meat and bakery counters, a Sendik’s Home department and more.

The store will employ a total of 150 full- and part-time associates.

Announcement of the new store comes on the same day Waukesha's new Meijer store officially opened to the public.

This is the fifth announced new location for Sendik's, the 13-store chain operated by the Balistreri family. Additional new stores will be built at The Corners in the town of Brookfield and West Milwaukee, as well as Sendik’s Fresh2GO upscale convenience stores in Greendale and Hales Corners. All five stores are expected to open within the next 12 to 15 months.

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